Minnesota March 16, 2017
12 Amazing Flea Markets In Minnesota You Absolutely Have To Visit
Most of us enjoy shopping, but sometimes it can get a little boring to look at things that have just hit the shelves. The best solution to this problem? Spend a few hours digging for buried treasure at a flea market. Luckily, Minnesota has many excellent flea markets to choose from. Whether you want a rare antique, vintage goodies, or repurposed treasures, you can find it at these 12 amazing flea markets in Minnesota.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Minnesota's Antique Spectacular & Flea Market - St. Paul
This huge flea market happens a few times at year at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in St. Paul. If you've ever been to the Grandstand, you know just how much can fit into the huge building. Vendors from across the region set up booths full of amazing vintage and antique treasures. If you're in the market for a unique item for your home, this is the event for you. The spring show is on April 22 and 23, 2017, and the fall show is September 30 and October 1, 2017. Advance tickets are only $6. Learn more about the show
Address: 1265 Snelling Avenue North, St. Paul.
2. Pine City Flea Market - Pine City
Every Wednesday from April through October, dozens of vendors gather in the Pine County Fairgrounds for a day of sales. And with them come hundreds of people to browse the interesting collection of new and used wares laid out before them. This flea market draws vendors from both near and far, so you never know quite what you're going to find. There is also food available for those who skipped breakfast, and many locals sell fresh produce as well.
Address: 707 1st Avenue Northwest, Pine City.
3. A Gathering of Friends Antiques Market - Minneapolis
This flea market occurs twice a year at the Bachman's greenhouse in Minneapolis. The market gathers 18 fantastic vendors in one location to offer a well-curated show full of unique finds. If you love antiques but don't want to spend time searching for it, A Gathering of Friends is a great stop for you. Everything in the show is quality, and you're bound to find something you love. The spring 2017 show is March 30 to April 2. Check out the
for more information, including the show hours.
Address: 6010 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis.
4. Junk Bonanza Vintage Market - Shakopee
This September 15 and 16, treat yourself to a fabulous day - or three - of vintage shopping. Canterbury Park will fill with over 100 vendors offering everything from vintage furniture to jewelry to craft supplies. No matter what your tastes, you're bound to find something to bring home. Tickets are $10 per day, or $30 at the door for early bird entrance. Find more details
Address: 1100 Canterbury Road South, Shakopee.
5. Duluth Junk Hunt - Duluth
This amazing market happens twice a year - once in in the spring, and once in the fall. It gathers dozens of vendors from around the area into one place for the coolest two-day junk hunt of your life. The vendors are specially chosen by the organizers, ensuring only the best goods make it into the market. It's the perfect event for anyone who loves crafting, antiques, or just searching for diamonds in the rough. This spring, you can visit the market on May 19 and 20. Learn more
Address: 120 North 30th Avenue West, Duluth.
6. Lucille's Vintage Markets - Brainerd & Columbus
Lucille's is a lesser-known vintage market, but it certainly won't disappoint if you choose to visit. The organizer gathers vintage items from across the country for Minnesota buyers to snatch up. It's a well-curated market with beautifully staged items. Basically, if you love vintage, you
to visit. This year, the Brainerd Barn Sale is on June 9-10. Later in the year, another market will take place in Columbus on October 6-7. Follow
on Facebook to get updates.
Address: 9783 County Road 23, Brainerd.
7. Antique Bottle, Advertising, and Stoneware Show and Sale - Bloomington
This event is a little bit different, but it's still worthy of a mention for those who love collecting Minnesota-made items. The Antique Bottle, Advertising, and Stoneware market gathers up all kinds of unique items from companies near and far. Popular items are Red Wing pottery, brewery advertising and bottles, and more. This year's show is on April 2 in Bloomington. Learn more about the items you may find there
Address: 1114 American Boulevard West, Bloomington.
8. Wadena Flea Market - Wadena
Not every flea market has to be sprawling to offer good finds. In fact, sometimes it's better to stick to smaller venues to get the best deal. Wadena Flea Market is a prime example. You won't find hundreds of vendors here, but those you do find will offer plenty of treasures for the savvy shopper. You can visit Saturday sand Sundays April through October. Be sure to check out the official
Wadena Flea Market
site before you go.
Address: 13560 U.S. Highway 10, Wadena.
9. Market Under Glass - Willmar
Market Under Glass is a newcomer to the Minnesota flea market scene, but it's already made a big splash. The first show in 2016 was a huge hit, and the 2017 shows are sure to be successful as well. The market takes place in a beautiful glass greenhouse full of vintage treasures sold by about two dozen vendors. The fall date is yet to be announced, but you can follow
for more details.
Address: 2305 Highway 12 East, Willmar.
10. The Olde Depot Junktion - Brainerd
You're not likely to find a flea market located in such an inspiring setting. The Northern Pacific Event Center dates back to the 1800s, when it was used as part of the Northern Pacific Railroad. Vintage goodies are at home among the old brick and cool architectural details of the historic building. From repurposed items to original vintage, the Olde Depot Junktion is the place to go if you've got an eye for secondhand. Check it out on Memorial Day weekend, May 27 and 28. More details
Address: 1511 Northern Pacific Road, Brainerd.
11. The Vintage Carnival - Thief River Falls
The Vintage Carnival is a fall flea market that is typically held the second weekend of deer season. It's a perfect time to pick up some holiday gifts from one of over 30 local vendors. Follow
to learn when the next show will be.
Address: 250 Emil Street, Thief River Falls.
12. Vintage Voyage - Montevideo
Vintage Voyage Montevideo/Facebook
Each year Montevideo gets in on the antique action with Vintage Voyage, a festival that celebrates all things old. Vendors line downtown, giving shoppers a chance to enjoy the outdoors while browsing for their next cool find. The event has taken place both in the fall and in the spring, so you'll want to make sure you check in
for this year's date when it is planned. You won't want to miss this fun weekend of bargain hunting.
Address: downtown Montevideo.
Ever been to any of these flea markets? Let us know your greatest find! And, if you’re looking for more even places to start your flea market bargain hunt, check out these
10 must-visit flea markets in Minnesota.